The fonds mainly consists of trial transcripts used by Elizabeth Sheehy for her research about violence against women. The trials focus on instances of mariticide following abuse. This research culminated in her book Defending Battered Women on Trial: Lessons for the Transcripts published by UBC press in 2014. The fonds also contains newspaper clippings related to violence against women, homicide [particularly where women have killed their abusers (mariticide)]. Also includes works by Elizabeth Sheehy and conference materials.
The fonds consists of records related to the activities of the National Association of Women and the Law, its Steering Committee and Caucus'. Records are related to NAWL publications, conferences, administration, history and various issues. The fonds is broken down into nine series.
This series includes the records of the National Office of NAWL which coordinates the work of the association. The National Office has 4 staff members: The Executive Director, the Director of Legislation and Law Reform, an Administrative Officer and a Communications Officer.